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to investigate further and that now poses the question that either there was some kind of coverup at scotland yard or they just didn't think those allegations were serious enough to warrant investigation. and as we've now seen such as the phone a murdered school girl having had her phone hacked, this has really blown up. >> it's difficult for police, but how difficult is it now for politicians like the prime minister? >> it is difficult. all recent prime ministers have tried to keep on the right side of rupert merdock and news international, because they own about 40% of the british media. so they are very powerful. but many say that now has to change and there was a sense that proops for too long there had been too much deference for titles like news of the world and david cameron is vulnerable on this, because he has links to two former editors from news of the world. one was a worker for him and another was a friend. >> police say they have taken control of a kindergarten where around 30 children and teachers were being held hostage. a man who was armed barged into the school southeast of
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rarity. there are examples in the museum in scotland, but they are highly desirable to collectors. we're talking about between £10,000 and 15,000. wow! i'd no idea it was worth that much. i wonder who used to sit in them when they were first made. so do i. they are some of the most eccentric chairs i've ever seen. do you know whether they've come out of a house in england or ireland? well, i have no knowledge, but i should guess ireland because my grandfather was irish and proud of it too, he always used to say. surprisingly enough, they are a celebration of love, because the scallop shell is the badge of venus, the goddess of love. i imagine that in spite of their rather small scale, they were originally intended to stand in some extraordinary architectural grotto somewhere. to be honest, the only time i've ever really seen this really wonderful eccentric carving and this very distinctive bold colour scheme of using the ebonising and the parcel gilding is actually on irish mirrors of the 1820s and 1830s. that's very interesting. what is interesting is their form is purely venetian.